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UFC Announces Lesnar vs. Dos Santos as TUF 13 Coaches


("Puleeaaze…You mean the dweeb in the alligator shirt? Yeah, I’ll fight him next.")

UFC.com inadvertently stole Dana White’s thunder this afternoon by announcing that Junior Dos Santos and Brock Lesnar will be the coaches on next season of The Ultimate Fighter before the UFC president could make the announcement during Tuesday’s conference call for the January 22 Fight for the Troops event.

White shot down media members during the Q&A who asked if he would name the TUF 13 team heads, explaining more than once that he would be announcing who the coaches would be at the end of the call, but was upstaged by his company’s website who posted the press release 15 minutes before he could break the news.

According to the release, the pair of heavyweights will meet at the end of the season and the winner will face champion Cain Velasquez when he returns from a shoulder injury in an estimated six months.

White, who admitted during the call that he had lied to reporters when he told them that he had not spoken to Lesnar since his loss to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 in October also quashed rumors that the bout will be for the interim heavyweight title.

The full release is after the jump.


"UFC President Dana White announced today that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and number one contender Junior dos Santos will match wits as the coaches of season 13 of the hit Spike TV reality series.

Following the season, which begins filming this month and begins airing on March 30, Lesnar and dos Santos will then match fists in the Octagon later in 2011.

This will be the first time either fighter has appeared on The Ultimate Fighter, which began airing on Spike in 2005. The last time heavyweights coached the show was during season eight in 2008, when dos Santos’ mentor, “Minotauro” Nogueira, faced off against former champion Frank Mir. This season, the two will coach a host of welterweight hopefuls looking to secure a UFC contract.

One of the biggest success stories of recent years, Brock Lesnar’s rise to the top of the UFC has been well-documented. A former NCAA Division I wrestling champion for the University of Minnesota, Lesnar brought size, speed, and power to the Octagon in 2008, and in only his fourth professional fight, he defeated Randy Couture for the heavyweight crown. After successful defenses against Mir and Shane Carwin, Lesnar lost his belt to Velasquez at UFC 121 last October. Determined to get his championship back, Lesnar knows the quickest way to do so is through dos Santos.

Unheralded Brazilian prospect Junior dos Santos turned into a contender overnight in 2008 when he knocked out highly-regarded veteran Fabricio Werdum in the first round. This spectacular debut was followed by finishes of Stefan Struve, Mirko Cro Cop, Gilbert Yvel, and Gabriel Gonzaga before earning a shot at the heavyweight title with a three round win over Roy Nelson. Yet instead of choosing to wait for Velasquez to return to action, dos Santos will risk his number one contender’s spot by coaching against – and then fighting – Lesnar later this year."

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d.harn- January 14, 2011 at 9:22 am
No way.. Every time Lesnar gets hit he crumbles. Dude cannot take a solid punch ( not to say any of the HWs are light hitters). That's why I have no doubt he wouldn't last one round with J.D.S. Fedor or Allistair. Or "Big Country" for that matter.
fACE7biter- January 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm
How awesome would it be if they brought in Roy Nelson to be Brock's assistant coach, and Frank Mir to be dos Santos'? All four men have history with eachother, and are likely to experience some kind of meltdown. I could see Roy getting on Brock's nerves as well. Based on his last coaching stint against Noguiera, I could see Mir getting along well with dos Santos based on his surprising commraderie with his Blackhouse teammate Nogueria.
Username- January 12, 2011 at 10:31 am
I bet Brock can teach the guys how to cut weight, AND how to properly talk outrageous stuff before and after fights, you know the posing and power-lines and WWE stuff and all...

That being said, it's ok to lose to Cain Velasquez or to get confused when a guy like Shane Carwin punches you in the head (and actually recover later and win). Plus he's a very good athlete (meaning he spent a lot of time training and training smart and winning, especially in amat.wrestling so he's used to, uhhm training).

Oh yeah, and Dos Santos is a cool guy too.


I still would have liked Wandy/Sonnen wayy more:

fighter "Wanderlei, what can I do when I'm losing the fight and we end up in the clinch?" Silva "It's a very simple: you hold the opponents head, look him in the eyes - and give the HEADBUTT! HEAD- HEAD- HEADBUTT!"
Fedor Penn- January 12, 2011 at 9:50 am
Most of the fighters in the house will have more experience than Lesnar. Maybe they can teach him how to take a punch and not curl up like a pussy in a fight.
BONGTAR- January 12, 2011 at 9:02 am
Git out your dancin' shoes because Brock's gonna do his best Fred Astaire again for us! ooooh, can't wait!
ccman- January 12, 2011 at 9:00 am
Dammit people... get over the brock hate already. We have our new jake sheildzzzz is so boring opportunity here!

Fighter\brock conversations. Get on it or get out.

Fighter "mr. Lesner. I'm not sure how I'm supposed to win doing this"
Brock "shut up and tighten that ball cover up..COVER. oh god please make the hits stop coming... fucking mehecan won't stop hitting me"
Asst. Coach "calm down brock. The ref stopped it big fella. Go to your happy place"
DeepHalf- January 12, 2011 at 8:59 am
I'd like to see Brock come out with a camo Fuji Gi and teach some inverted spider guard.
DeepHalf- January 12, 2011 at 8:58 am
Rwilson You bastard, you owe me a new keyboard I just spit coffee all over it from that one.
halfbreed23- January 12, 2011 at 7:06 am
Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes! I get to see Brock Lesnar lose one more time before he runs from MMA!
whiterice- January 12, 2011 at 5:57 am
They actually used the phrase 'match wits' in the presser - wow

Brock seems like a terrible coach - besides seeming very self-centered, he hasn't been in the sport for very long (relatively) and he relys heavily on his size, strength, and athleticism, none of which are teachable. I bet it'll sell, though.

Ballkick- January 12, 2011 at 5:54 am
I don't know what I find more disturbing and amazing,....Cock Chestner as a TUF coach or Drano agreeing with me,....the end is nigh,....2012 is real people,...hide yourself underground.
Hum Deez Nutz- January 12, 2011 at 5:44 am
Lesnar will get another beat-down, and that will be the end of his MMA career.
DARKHORSE06- January 12, 2011 at 5:35 am
Im a Brock fan but no way does he beat JDS. Brock is more in the same league as Big Country not JDS. A couple months is not enough time to unfuck his instinct of turtling up when he gets hit. No Way.
ArmFarmer- January 12, 2011 at 4:30 am
So now they are not only putting titles on hold for a reality show, but interim titles? So months of filming and airing the show, then the finale, then the ppv where brock and jds fight... and then another 6 months before cain vs the winner? Just what I wanted for 2011... an absence of heavyweight title fights....
just some dong- January 12, 2011 at 1:34 am
Kudos to the UFC for sticking JDS in there instead of Mir. Both are coming off of wins, and although Mir is probably more marketable, JDS totally deserves it more.
Buff Frank Mir- January 12, 2011 at 1:02 am
so every time Brock loses does that mean he gets a title shot?
StinkFacer- January 11, 2011 at 11:50 pm
somewhere in Vegas, there is now an out of work web designer.

dranokills- January 11, 2011 at 11:13 pm
Ballkick Says:
Wed, 01/12/2011 - 08:35

Does any one else here see the irony of one of the least experienced fighters in MMA who is in dire need of some serious coaching himself, becoming a coach to noob fighters that may very well have more ring time and better coaching themselves?

Oh rest assured I will be watching,....I can never drive by a car wreck without rubber-necking,...this will be no different.
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holy fuck not only do I see the irony, I was gonna post the same thing, and its insane that I agree with you.
I cannot wait to see this overweight gorilla TRY and coach anyone.
he has the skillset of a 2 year old. redonkulous.
just cause everyone wants to see you get your head handed to you again cock chestner, doesn't make you a coach.
karma your dead to me. You Brock fan you, ugggg, you repulse me, get thee back satan!
Dana.......epic FAIL, stop hanging with scooby or whoever that rapper is, and pull your head out of your ass.
Ballkick- January 11, 2011 at 9:35 pm
Does any one else here see the irony of one of the least experienced fighters in MMA who is in dire need of some serious coaching himself, becoming a coach to noob fighters that may very well have more ring time and better coaching themselves?

Oh rest assured I will be watching,....I can never drive by a car wreck without rubber-necking,...this will be no different.
rearnakedchickenchoke- January 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm
worst. coaches. ever. .
MediocreThreat- January 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm
GSP is going to win.
Danky4twanky- January 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm
Dude y'all are crazy! Jds by tko 2:33 first round. Jds lands big shot, cockchest goes turtle gameover man. Gameover.
nickyroose- January 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm
Also as a former amateur Heavyweight wrestler nothing in the world was more irritating than having the the 135 Coach come over to your side of the mat and give you tips on moves you had no chance in hell pulling off. does it work the opposite way as well? I would imagine so.
ccman- January 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm
Fighter " hey Brock, can you show me how to throw a right hooooo.... oh yeah, umm... well can you show me how to counter a straight righhhhhhh..t.... dammit. is it to late to get Roy Nelson in here?"
nickyroose- January 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm
I have been singing the second coming of Two Saints for the last Calender year but I think this match-up will be interesting.

JDS has not yet had a true test from a true wrestler. I am excited because I believe if he wins handily he will set the record for title defenses as HW champion. Again Opinion, but while others saw him fight Roy Nelson and said, "See his fists are not rocket powered death sleds," I said, "Wow you need a lot of stamina and endurance to punch Roy Nelson for 15 minutes without slowing down or resting." I honestly think he could Sprawl and Brawl to be one of the best ever.

That all being said he could just get bullrushed and taken down many many times.
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